Rushville Republican


October 29, 2013

Strange happenings of Octo-BRRR! 31st

Truly frightening and eerie things are known to happen on October 31st.

Some examples just from my own experience include the October 31st that I tried a disastrous Halloween experiment – the “Naughty Middle Manager from a Large Midwestern Corporation” costume.

Also, every 10/31, my wife uncannily predicts the future – for 16 years in a row, she has forecast that I will suffer from a terrible stomach malady. And for 16 years in a row, she’s been right! Three years ago, it was because I ate too much Halloween candy that I stole from my kids. Two years ago, it was because my kids caught me stealing their Halloween candy and socked me. And last year it was from having a flashback about the “Naughty Middle Manager from a Large Midwestern Corporation” costume.

Other things have happened on October 31 ever since calendars became a thing. Some are kinda creepy, too, such as:

• Mussolini becoming Italy’s Premier in 1922.

• In 1846, it’s said to be the day the Donner Party gave up trying to cross the snow-choked Sierra Nevada Mountains and decided to build a winter camp; forgetting, however, to include a proper cafeteria.

• And in 1868, October 31 was the day the United States Postal Service approved a standard uniform for letter carriers, including those summertime shorts that exposed the gnarly, knobby knees of Mr. Woglemuth, the postman who delivered to my childhood home. Shudder!

Oh, and how’s this for kind of eerie: In 1941, the Mount Rushmore sculpture was completed on October 31. Exactly ten years prior to that, October 31, 1931, Charles E. Rushmore passed away. Yeah, that’s right, he’s the “Rushmore” the mountain was named after!

Here’s a really strange one: on October 31, 1929, Carlo Pedersoli is born in Santa Lucia, Italy. And in one of my columns from August, 2012, I wrote about the famous Italian song “Santa Lucia”!

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